A poem by ROBERT W. SERVICE

A poem by ROBERT W. SERVICE

There are 5 comments on the www.birdsnest.com story from Feb 23, 2013, titled A poem by ROBERT W. SERVICE. In it, www.birdsnest.com reports that:

A poem requested by someone who makes me laugh. Hope this is the one you wanted but there are others on this page also.

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#1 Feb 23, 2013
I read through the ones posted and this seemed to be the closest to what you requested.

“Way down, in Columbus Georgia”

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#2 Feb 23, 2013
Guess I'll follow Will's lead and post the whole thing:
Comfort Say!

You've struck a heap of trouble --
Bust in business, lost your wife;
No one cares a cent about you,
You don't care a cent for life;

Hard luck has of hope bereft you,
Health is failing, wish you'd die --
Why, you've still the sunshine left you
And the big, blue sky.

Sky so blue it makes you wonder
If it's heaven shining through;
Earth so smiling 'way out yonder,
Sun so bright it dazzles you;

Birds a-singing, flowers a-flinging
All their fragrance on the breeze;
Dancing shadows, green, still meadows --
Don't you mope, you've still got these.

These, and none can take them from you;
These, and none can weigh their worth.
What! you're tired and broke and beaten?--
Why, you're rich -- you've got the earth!

Yes, if you're a tramp in tatters,
While the blue sky bends above
You've got nearly all that matters --
You've got God, and God is love.

“New poetry book coming soon”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#5 Feb 24, 2013
Jim R Pickens wrote:
I read through the ones posted and this seemed to be the closest to what you requested.
Thanks Jim, this is great stuff. Been a fan of Robert Service since high scool, when I was introduced to his poetry by my Biology teacher at the time, the great Jim Odom.

Here's a blog by Canadian poet, my pal George Dance, with a few Service poems that are work a look, also:

http://gdancesbetty.blogspot.ca/p/author-inde...

Robert Service (1874-1958)
The March of the Dead
The Pines
The Stretcher-Bearer

“New poetry book coming soon”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#6 Feb 24, 2013
That isnt wrote:
That isn't the one. I'll look for it.
I tossed the challenge of finding it to the Poets of Usenet:

https://groups.google.com/d/topic/alt.arts.po...

George Dance wrote:
> Today on The Penny Blog
>
> The March of the Dead, by Robert W. Service
>
> The cruel war was over -- oh, the triumph was so sweet!
> We watched the troops returning, through our tears;
> There was triumph, triumph, triumph down the scarlet glittering
> street,
> And you scarce could hear the music for the cheers.
>
> [...]
>
> http://gdancesbetty.blogspot.ca/2012/11/march...

George, I haven't had time to look for it, but the Robert W. Service poem the poster at Topix.com was looking for was described like this:

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/columbus-ga/T...

"Jim post Robert Services poem on TROUBLE. The one with the line WITH A CRAVEN SOUL AND FEARFUL. I think that is him. HOW DID YOU TAKE IT. Something like that. I got no computer skills..."

Might even be this one... time is just short enough today I may not even be able to look.

--
Under The Radar / Will Dockery & The Shadowville All-Stars:
http://www.reverbnation.com/willdockery/song/...

“New poetry book coming soon”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#7 Feb 25, 2013
From:

https://groups.google.com/d/msg/alt.arts.poet...

Today on The Penny Blog
>
> > The March of the Dead, by Robert W. Service
>
> > The cruel war was over -- oh, the triumph was so sweet!
> > We watched the troops returning, through our tears;
> > There was triumph, triumph, triumph down the scarlet glittering
> > street,
>
> > And you scarce could hear the music for the cheers.
>
> > [...]
>
> > http://gdancesbetty.blogspot.ca/2012/11/march...
>
> George, I haven't had time to look for it, but the Robert W. Service poem the poster at Topix.com was looking for was described like this:
>
> http://www.topix.com/forum/city/columbus-ga/T...
>
> "Jim post Robert Services poem on TROUBLE. The one with the line WITH A CRAVEN SOUL AND FEARFUL. I think that is him. HOW DID YOU TAKE IT. Something like that. I got no computer skills..."

The poem isn't by Robert W. Service, but by Edmund Vance Cooke:

http://www.happypublishing.com/blog/how-did-y...

How Did You Die?
Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce,
Or a trouble is what you make it.
And it isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?

-Edmund Vance Cooke

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